Thorne Dreyer's guests are journalist and musician Michael Simmons, author and former Yippie Jonah Raskin and original Yippie Judy Gumbo Albert.
This is the second of three Rag Radio tributes to the late Paul Krassner -- legendary social satirist, editor of The Realist, and a founder of the Yippies, and our dear friend and colleague -- who passed away July 21 at the age of 87.
As leader of the band Michael Simmons & Slewfoot in the 1970s, the front man was dubbed "The Father of Country Punk" by Creem magazine. Michael Simmons was an editor at the National Lampoon in the '80s where he wrote the popular column "Drinking Tips And Other War Stories." He won an LA Press Club Award in the '90s for investigative journalism; has written for numerous publications including Rolling Stone, Penthouse, The New York Times, LA Times, and High Times, and scribed liner notes for Bob Dylan, Mike Bloomfield, Phil Ochs, Kris Kristofferson, and Kinky Friedman. He and Paul Krassner became friends in 1980.
Jonah Raskin, a regular contributor to The Rag Blog and a frequent guest on Rag Radio, is a journalist, novelist, poet, and cannabis activist. Jonah, who became involved with the Yippies in 1967, is the author of For the Hell of It: The Life and Times of Abbie Hoffman and American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl' and the Making of the Beat Generation. He is a former chair of the Communication Studies Department at Sonoma State University. Jonah was a longtime friend of Paul Krassner and was a contributor to The Realist. He collected a series of interviews with Paul into a booklet titled Paul Krassner Speaks: From Lenny Bruce and Obama to Hebdo.
Judy Gumbo Albert was an original Yippie, along with her boyfriend and later husband Stew Albert, Abbie and Anita Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Nancy Kurshan. She has a Ph.D. in sociology and spent the majority of her professional career as an award-winning fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.
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